Paula Sharkey, MS CCC-SLP
Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
It seemed like the ultimate challenge to complete the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNL.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A public school teacher.
What or who most inspires you?
My husband found an opening on Indeed (Prior to his discovery, there are friends who are employed with Teachwell as well). I also want to avoid SD winter travel and teletherapy seems to be a helpful choice in doing so.
What are you proudest of?
Sharing experiences with my family; husband, children, grandchildren, etc. and friends; met and yet to meet.
How do you hope to make a difference?
Facilitate students in building an understanding of their worth and their abilities.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
'It' is NOT about me.
What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?
My husband, Jack, and I have known each other since the fifth grade (played on the same baseball team). We spend our days loving two daughters and a son, exactly in the middle, plus two granddaughters and two grandsons. I started my degree when our youngest was a toddler and completed both my BS; Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with an MS; Speech-Language Pathology, in five and one half years as a superior scholar. I took many courses targeting Deaf Education; involved with the Deaf Community and Brain Injury; Research at Madonna, as well as Reading; part of a literacy grant. I completed my student teaching in Winnebago, NE serving the Ho-Chunk community in both the public schools and mission. In the fall of 2003, I began my profession employed by the largest, small, school, district in Nebraska; South Sarpy 46, serving elementary and middle school students. The following year, I began employment with Lincoln Public Schools and have served, elementary, middle school, high school, expelled student, behavioral, etc. programs ever since. In that time, I served on the Southeast Brain Injury Regional School Support Team and was certified as a Brain Injury Specialist. Providing support to students, their families and the many colleagues I work alongside of, has proven to be fulfilling.
People would be surprised to know that I . . .